To be admitted in the Association, the applicant must be an employee of a defender organization, a private investigator or other criminal defense oriented professional employed or assigned by a public defender or court appointed counsel, on a full-time or part-time basis, whose primary function is the defense of individuals needing the assistance of appointed counsel in a criminal case, and must certify to the Secretary/Treasurer of the Association, and it must appear, that all standards of the Association have been adopted as standards of the individual applicant, and have been substantially adhered to by said applicant.

There shall not be any limit to the number of any Type of Membership, nor to the total number of members of the Association.


Type of Membership

Regular Member: Persons actively engaged in the investigation for the defense of indigent persons as a full-time investigator in an office whose primary purpose is criminal defense work.

Associate Member: Persons actively engaged in criminal defense work to include on a part-time basis.

Retired Member: Retired Regular/Associate and NDIA Member for minimum 5 Years.

Student Member: Age 18 or over, attending college, majoring in criminal justice or equivalent program. Student Members are not eligible to vote within NDIA.


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NDIA Membership Form

Current & Prospective NDIA Members,

If you are interested in becoming a member of the National Defender Investigator Association (NDIA) or wish to renew your Membership, please complete the above Membership Form and send the completed form via Email, Fax or Mailing Address with payment information enclosed, if applicable. Payment options in include PayPal (via NDIA Website) or Credit Card/Check.

Mailing Address:

National Defender Investigator Association
P.O. Box 1900
San Marcos, CA 92079-1900

Fax: (760) 888-1903